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Inside Pokimane’s Decision to Ditch Twitch

February 7, 2024

Welcome to Stream Report, a newsletter from Gaming Careers covering important news and updates in streaming and content creation.

In this issue: Renowned streamer Pokimane has shocked the streaming community by announcing her decision to leave Twitch’s exclusivity behind.

Pokimane Steps Away from Twitch Exclusivity

Pokimane Steps Away from Twitch
Pokimane Steps Away from Twitch Exclusivity

Renowned streamer Pokimane has shocked the streaming community by announcing her decision to leave Twitch’s exclusivity behind.

Boasting an impressive combined following of over 30 million across major platforms and holding the title of Twitch’s most-followed female streamer, her cryptic tweet set the community abuzz with speculation.

Speculation Meets Reality

Fans initially thought Pokimane’s tweet might signal a lucrative deal with platforms like Kick or YouTube. Yet, in her podcast, she dispelled these rumors, emphasizing her choice was rooted in the pursuit of creative freedom rather than a new exclusive agreement.

During the podcast, Pokimane shared candid thoughts about her departure:

  • Cultural Regression: “If you see Twitch and streaming nowadays, it’s really almost nothing like how it was back then,” pointing to a perceived decline in the platform’s culture.
  • Management Critique: She described Twitch as a “messy” company, particularly frustrated with its handling of policies around artistic nudity and a sluggish ban process.
  • Emotional Investment: “I’m done with being emotionally invested in the changes that this company is doing,” signaling her disengagement from the platform’s internal turmoil.

Twitch’s Policy Shift and Pokimane’s Freedom

Twitch’s recent policy update permits Partners to multistream, which aligns with Pokimane’s desire to explore content creation without platform constraints. Dan Clancy’s statement about Twitch stepping back from massive exclusivity contracts further paves the way for creators like Pokimane to broaden their horizons.

More Than Streaming

Pokimane’s business acumen has already seen her venture beyond streaming:

  • Co-founder of RTS, a talent management and brand consulting firm.
  • Founder of Myna, a health-conscious cookie brand launched in 2023 among controversy.

These ventures underscore a shift in the content creation landscape, where diversification is key to success.

Implications for Twitch and Content Creators

Pokimane’s departure from Twitch exclusivity is a significant indicator of the changing dynamics within the streaming industry. It highlights a creator’s need to expand their reach and leverage their brand across various platforms and business opportunities.

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Twitch’s Revenue Model Changes

Twitchs Revenue Model Changes
Twitch’s Revenue Model Changes

Twitch has rolled out significant updates to its revenue programs, and these changes are poised to create waves in the streaming community. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new:

Changes to Prime Gaming Subscriptions

Twitch is transitioning to a fixed rate model for Prime Gaming subscriptions, which means streamers will now earn a set amount per subscription based on the subscriber’s country. Here are some examples of the new rates:

  • United States: $2.25
  • Canada: $2.25
  • United Kingdom: $1.80
  • Germany: $1.55
  • Spain: $1.55
  • Brazil: $0.60
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This change, effective June 3, 2024, is a substantial departure from the previous model and could lead to a noticeable decrease in revenue for streamers. Those with significant viewers from regions with lower fixed rates, such as Latin America, will feel the impact more acutely.

Changes to the Plus Program

In contrast to the Prime Gaming adjustments, the Plus Program is expanding, offering streamers new ways to increase their earnings:

  • Introduction of a 60/40 Revenue Tier: A new level within the Plus Program that provides a 60/40 net revenue split for streamers who maintain 100 Plus Points for three consecutive months.
  • Expansion of Eligibility: Affiliates can now qualify for the Plus Program, which was previously exclusive to Partners.
  • Lowered Threshold for 70/30 Split: The highest revenue share tier requirement has been reduced from 350 to 300 Plus Points.
  • Removal of the $100K Cap: The limit on the 70/30 revenue share has been lifted, allowing for uncapped earnings at this rate.

The Plus Program changes, set to take effect on May 1, 2024, are designed to streamline the path to greater earnings for a wider range of streamers. This expansion is expected to triple the number of creators who can benefit from premium net revenue share rates.

Concluding Thoughts

The latest updates from Twitch present a blend of challenges and opportunities. The fixed-rate model for Prime Gaming subscriptions introduces a new hurdle, particularly for streamers with diverse international audiences. However, the Plus Program’s enhancements are a welcome change that could offset potential losses and encourage growth on the platform.

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🔥 Pete’s Content Corner

Delve into my weekly selection of content creation highlights—handpicked videos, podcasts, and tweets that promise to captivate, educate, and entertain.

  1. Personal – Apologies for the missed newsletter last week—I took a spill off my bike and ended up with a broken shoulder, which landed me in the hospital for the evening. I’m currently sporting a sling but am on the mend and feeling much better.
  2. Hardware – Elgato has unveiled two new capture cards: the 4K X, an external USB device capable of HDMI 2.1 and up to 4K at 144Hz capture, and the 4K Pro, an internal PCIe card that supports 4K 240Hz HDR passthrough with 1080p at 240Hz HDR capture.
  3. TikTok – Ongoing tensions in music licensing continue as Universal Music Group pulls its catalog from TikTok after failed deal negotiations. Creators will lose access to hits from stars like Taylor Swift and Drake.

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